Singapore is an expensive city by anyone’s standards but if you are in town on a backpacker’s budget then fear not, it is possible to find cheap hostels in Singapore. In typical Singapore fashion, even backpacker hostels are high-tech, with modern amenities and plenty of freebies thrown in – complimentary breakfast, WI-FI, internet terminals and lounges with flatscreen TVs and Nintendo Wiis.


Traditionally, backpacker and affordable accommodation options are found clustered around the Little India and Chinatown areas. Both areas are good choices for budget travellers, with easy access by MRT (subway/underground), and cheap hawker centers and budget restaurants aplenty.


The most high-tech of Singapore’s hostels is undoubtedly Wink Hostel in Chinatown. Its unique pod design of dorm rooms are designed to optimize privacy, and are fitted with neon back-lights which are activated using a smart swipe card as guests enter the dorm room.  The nearby Matchbox the Concept Hostel follows suit with their pod-concept dorms.


Those travelling in couples or small groups and looking for more privacy should try the Hangout @ Mount Emily.  This trendy hostel has a selection of private rooms in doubles, triples, quads and quins in addition to its shared dorm rooms. Other popular hostels worth checking out include the funky boutique hostel Five Stones, the eco-friendly Tree In and family-run River City Inn.


For more of a party atmosphere, then the Prince of Wales pub and hostel is an old-time favorite with backpackers. Its hostel dorm rooms are set above a lively pub, which offers live music, pool tables, cheap beer and inexpensive Australian-style counter meals. The Rucksack Inn similarly encourages its guests to mingle and have fun. 

Clarke Quay


Chinatown, just a few minutes walk from the Chinatown MRT station. Accommodation is provided in 6, 8 and 12-bed mixed dorms, 6-bed female only dorm and 6 or 8-bed family rooms. Clean bathrooms with rain showers and complimentary toiletries, free...  Read More

Pillows and Toast


Pillows & Toast is a basic but comfortable hostel located in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown, which as the name suggests, provides bed and breakfast. Choose from 8 or 10-bed mixed dorm or the 8-bed female-only dorm (note that the Female...  Read More

A Beary Good Hostel


A Beary Good Hostel, in the heart of Chinatown, provides a cosy and relaxed accommodation for backpackers and budget travellers in 10 and 12 bed dorm rooms. Complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate throughout the day, breakfast, WI-FI and use...  Read More



The Prince of Wales Backpacker hostel combines fun pub and backpacker hostel. The downstairs pub boasts live music, cheap beer and cocktails and affordable Australian bar meals, pool table and five big screen sports TVs. Upstairs, mixed dorms...  Read More

Heritage District
Tree in Lodge


The Tree In Lodge was founded by two backpackers, and the lodge has been set up with the benefit of their global backpacking experience. The little touches this experience brings are evident throughout the hostel – each bed is has installed...  Read More

Five Stones Hostel


This funky boutique hostel prides itself on being the first hostel in Singapore to offer themed rooms. Each room is designed by a local artist, with a specific Singapore cultural element in mind. Standard dorm rooms are available in 8, 10 or...  Read More



The River City Inn is a family-owned and operated hostel and its reputation for friendly staff has helped make this one of the most popular hostels in Singapore. Beds are available in the 26-bed mixed dorm, 9-bed female only dorm, a six-bed...  Read More

Matchbox The Concept Hostel


Matchbox the Concept Hostel offers funky and high-tech hostel accommodation in the form of pods within a 16-bed mixed dorm or 12-bed Ladies dorm. Each pod benefits from an individual reading light, power socket and clothes rail, while individual...  Read More



The Hangout at Mt. Emily is one of Singapore's most popular budget accommodation options. This trendy hostel is in the ideal location between budget Little India and glitzy Orchard Road, and provides hip, modern accommodation for the budget...  Read More

Wink Hostel
Photo courtesy of Wink Hostel


Wink Hostel sets itself apart from all other hostels by its unique pod design of dorm rooms. These neon-lit pods are available in single or double and are designed to optimize privacy and minimize light disturbance from fellow guests in the...  Read More


Meet Marianne Rogerson

Marianne is a freelance travel writer, who has lived in Singapore for six years. She is the author of a travel guidebook to Singapore and has written about Singapore for a range of...  More About Marianne